June 6 in Sci-Fi History: Five Reasons to Re-watch SpaceCamp

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A lot of movies premiered on this day in sci-fi history, and while we'd love to go into detail on all of them, we've been way too distracted by getting to watch SpaceCamp.

Quick recap: Kate Capshaw takes her SpaceCampers (who include Lea Thompson, Tate Donovan, Kelly Preston, Joaquin Phoenix and Larry B. Scott) to a space shuttle and a robot with feelings shoots them into space.

Premiering on this day in 1986, the movie was a terrible flop at the box office because though filming had wrapped, the movie was still released as planned ... five months after the Challenger disaster. If you haven't seen it recently, the time has definitely come. Several reasons why:

1. They're all clean-cut all-American kids. Except Tate Donovan. He's a bad boy.

 

2. Lea Thompson and Kelly Preston love how much of a bad boy Tate Donovan is.

 

3. Joaquin Phoenix hangs out a robot named Jinx.

 

4. Nobody leaps into action like Kate Capshaw.

 

5. "Whip me, beat me, take away my charge cards, NASA is talking!"

 

Honestly, it's a movie that nobody went to see because it definitely wasn't the kind of thing anyone was in the mood for around then. But it holds up, has a lot of great '80s language and is super worth your time.

Other movies that premiered on this day?

Invaders From Mars (1986): A remake of the 1953 classic, Invaders From Mars is the story of a boy who saves the world (maybe?) from … well, invaders from Mars. The 1986 version starred Karen Black and Hunter Carson, with appearances by Laraine Newman and Bud Cort.

 

Edge of Tomorrow (2014): Emily Blunt figures out how to save the world over and over by dying and waking up and getting to do it all over. Also Tom Cruise is in it.

 

Tomorrow: Are you afraid of no ghosts?